Recently, Kayla published the article Pros and Cons of Living Alone. While she lives alone, I know that there are plenty of others who may be interested in adding a roommate to their life.
We used to have roommates. Our most recent (and last) roommate just moved out, and I will be honest and say that I don’t think we will be adding anyone else. The money was nice, but we are ready to live on our own again!
If you decide that you are interested in looking for a roommate, there are several things you might want to think about first so that you can avoid a roommate disaster:
Skip roommates that you know.
Rooming with a friend is something you should usually skip. Whenever we added a roommate who was a friend, it just did not work out because of many different reasons that would take probably days to explain.
Thing is, if you room with your best friend, you might ruin that relationship. Many relationships have been ruined because of best friends rooming together, finding out they have different living styles, and then not liking each other as much because they drive each other crazy.
Instead, you might want to room with a friend of a friend or even a complete stranger.
Conduct interviews with potential roommates.
Before you just go ahead and choose the very first person who wants to be your roommate, you should conduct interviews. This way you can learn more about the person who is so that you can make sure they are a good match.
Set rules for the roommates.
Rules are very important.
There are many different types of rules that you may want to set. These may include:
- Are pets allowed?
- What about sleepovers? Your roommate may have a friend or significant other who wants to stay over.
- Are they allowed to have people over? Can they have a party?
- How loud can the music be played?
- Who does the cleaning? When is the cleaning done?
- Who buys items like toilet paper, soap, and trash bags?
Don’t fight about everything.
Even though you have rules laid out, occasionally things may happen that you might not like. When this happens, you really need to think about whether or not you want to fight about EVERYTHING.
You’ll probably just get on their nerves, and remember that occasionally people make mistakes. If the mistake is small enough, don’t go crazy about it.
Have you ever had to deal with a roommate disaster? What happened?
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